Gen-i partners with SAP for mobile apps

Gen-i aims to boost business over smartphone by offering 300 business applications developed by SAP

Gen-i has announced a partnership with German business software giant SAP that it hopes will encourage companies and government agencies to run more of their business on smartphones.

Gen-i CEOTim Miles says the two companies will offer 300 business applications developed by SAP and its partners and customers that run on mobile devices such as iPhones and Android smartphones.

The apps will be hosted by Gen-i, which will also offer to customise them for individual businesses and government agencies using SAP's tools.

The apps, priced from "less than $10" a month per user, range from tools designed to help staff use their smartphones to deal with their employers' human resources processes, to industry-specific apps such as one that lets Vector drill into the real-time operational performance of a field of wind turbines.. A spokeswoman later said the starting price for the cheapest apps was $2 per month per user.

SAP is the largest provider in New Zealand of enterprise resource management (ERP) software systems, commonly used to run large business. Miles said the business apps would appeal also to non-SAP customers.

SAP Australia and New Zealand managing director Andrew Barkla says Gen-i has brought to the table innovation and a strong brand.

Miles says the library of apps will grow.

SAP employs 65,500 staff around the world and turned over US$21.4 billion ($26.2 billion) last year.

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